01-09-2012, 09:20 PM
Gotta a 1979 chevy k10 with the 5.7 350..... Just wondering whats the best set of headders i can get for a decent price. The truck all ready has duals on it, no cats & i think flowmaster mufflers. It sounds good but i think it'll sound better with headders. Would i need short tubes or long tubes? I've heard some brands dont bolt-up 100% right an you'll end up with a exuast leak. But im only 17 an dont wanna spend $300 or $400 on a set, i was thinking at the most $200. Apperance dont matter. I aint into all that chrome under the hood anyways. So anyone that knows whatever brand sounds good, dont leak, and wont clean out my wallet.. Let me know, Thanks
01-10-2012, 11:36 AM
for the most power get long tube headers. get headers with thick flanges. will need to modify exhaust if you do get long tubes.
01-13-2012, 08:22 AM
The Summit brand headers seem to be a good product. We put a set on my uncle's 82 C10 prolly 7 or 8 years ago and have had no problems out of them. He doesn't drive the truck a terrible amount, it sits most of the time, but no complaints here. I was impressed with the fact that they did not create any issues with any of the plug wires, we haven't burned a single wire, and no heat boots.
I put a set of Hooker hedders on my '86. While I am impressed with the quality and the price (free), I do not like the design. The #6 primary tube completely covers the spark plug, and even with a short plug and a heat boot on the wire, it still burns the wire on a regular basis. They also have a longer collector, which caused some issues with the shift linkage, and the linkage had to be modified. I had a set of Mr Gasket headers on the truck first, and they were designed well, just a cheap junky header.
Heddman is a very good choice, especially if you plan to do some rough off roading. They use a ball and socket type collector flange setup that uses no gasket, so you don't have pesky collector gasket leaks all the time. I have a friend that has used a few sets of these on the old pickups and really likes them. They are pricey, so keep that in mind.
Any header you put on the pickup is going to require the exhaust to be modified to fit up to it. At the end of the day, if you are wanting the most bang for your buck, go with the Summit brand, or Jegs brand (I am sure they have them), or something of that sort. You might also check some local salvage yards, swap meets, etc. You are looking for what might be one of the most commonly made header out there...there are lots used ones around. They are the same I know from 73-87, and maybe even pre-73.
01-14-2012, 09:08 PM
alright thanks for the info